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May 20, 2013 - 12:49 pm

The White House claimed today that it had no prior knowledge that a senior IRS official was going to admit and apologize for a juicy scandal with a planted question at a May 10 American Bar Association event.

Press secretary Jay Carney also claimed that President Obama had complete ignorance of the investigation as it was unfolding because senior staffers at the White House chose not to tell him.

“There were conversations. After White House counsel was notified, and told senior staff members, there were conversations between staff here and Treasury about when — you know, what was the timing going to be; what would the — would the findings likely be in anticipation of that. But there was no fore-knowledge of when this — when this happened,” Carney said.

“Kathy Ruemmler, the White House counsel, was made aware the week of April 22nd. I’ve now gotten the specific date of April 24th. It does turn out, and we looked at this, that there was a part of this notification process of a series of I.G. — pending I.G. matters that was conveyed to — communicated to someone on the staff of the White House counsel’s office, but that information did not reach Kathy Ruemmler until the following week.”

It was pointed out to Carney that in a briefing last week about he never mentioned that the chief of staff and others were notified.

“Well, I — I think I said that White House counsel knew. I think I said that I didn’t know until Friday, but I didn’t — you know, I’m getting this information to you now. The point is counsel knew on April 24, White House counsel did. And she informed some other senior staff. And with that — in that — in informing, she also made clear that it was her view and others shared this view that there was not a need in a situation like this, with an ongoing investigation or audit, that the president should be notified,” he said.

“There were discussions here. And as I said, there were conversations from his — White House chief of staff’s office with general counsel at Treasury and the chief of staff’s office at Treasury about the timing — anticipated timing of the release of the report and the potential findings. But, there was, again, the — the point was no — no intervention, no action, because it would be entirely inappropriate to do anything except ultimately wait for what the findings would be.”

Carney characterized the scandal as “there were line employees at the IRS who improperly targeted conservative groups with some of the words.”

“I mean, nobody’s been more outraged by the reported conduct here than the president of the United States,” the spokesman added. “The outrage from the president came within hours after the release of the report.”

Noting that “there were public reports that this stuff was going on almost a year before the presidential election,” Carney was grilled by reporters about why they’ve claimed the notification timeline they have.

Carney referred reporters to the Treasury Department. “I don’t know anything more about it than what I read in the paper,” he said.

“Our feeling has been from the beginning, since we were notified of the impending completion of the I.G. report that we would refrain from commenting on, you know, reports about draft language, reports about what may or may not be in the findings of the I.G. until the I.G. actually published his report,” he added.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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He is the first African-American president ONLY if you believe in the "one drop rule": i.e., one drop of ancestral blood is all it takes to mark one as a "Negro" of the bottom pedigree. Obama is not black. He is one-half (foreign) Kenyan, and one half "white" American. To call his an African American is to lend credence to the pro-slavery (Democrat) racial argument. Obama is not an African-American. He has no slave-blood in his genetics. He is a mullato: "a person of mixed white and black ancestry, esp. a person with one white and one black parent" -- according the the American Heritage Dictionary. He's no more black than he is white. And he is no more African than he is American in conception.

It is high time to put all this "race" nonsense behind us. It is an issue of relevance to NO ONE apart from the race-hucksters and the progressive leftists.
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Exactly. At this point there are only two possible ways to describe Obama.
1) Criminal and tyrannical beyond Nixon's wildest dreams
2) Incompetent beyond Carter's worst nightmares.

So Lefties, which is it?
1 year ago
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Therefore;
DERELICTION OF DUTY.
They're even admitting it.

IMPEACH.
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Is this supposed to be an excuse? Forgive them for they know not what they or their minions do?

Bizarre than any public figure would dare it. That excuse used by Germans who lived in the shadow of the concentration camps, who "didn't know"? Or the Russians and "citizens" of the satellites of the prison State of the Soviet Union who "didn't know" that gulag was school for "re-education" of citizens who knew AND SAID too much. And the re-education camps of China, the fashionable pet nation for today's know-it-alls. Those same fashionistas whose recent and latest hate nation is the US of A.

Some, many? of these hate mongers even in the highest levels of the civic institutions including government of the nation.

What happened to "the buck stops here" at the President's desk?

THIS "president" immune to not having known what he should have known? This "president" who is not to blame for any fiascoes done by his minions in his, and thus OUR name?

It is of course understand he gave no such orders, or even suggestions for their actions that were abject failures. Moreover seen to be failures. Dig deeper the watchword..

They are none of them his fault. How could they be since he "didn't know". Are the fans, supporters and excuse makers for this man Obama really aliens?

This president who from information in the public domain "doesn't know" exactly even where he was born. How could he know, wasn't he a baby when he was born?

When expedient he was born in Kenya. When candidate for POTUS he with the help of his firence decided he was really born in Hawaii. And he'll challenge anyone who asks him to Prove it.

Obama and friends. Representing Americans to themselves and the world by their choice in the beginning of the 21st century. There's a movie in this story.l
1 year ago
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The nerve of these unelected peons to make decisions which affect this country. Someone should put them in their place.
1 year ago
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Translated Carney: "Because it would be entirely inappropriate to let the President know that there was an ongoing, and possibly explosive, investigation of inappropriate behavior by IRS employees. We decided that plausible deniability was more important. So he could, you know, be more believable when he appeared "outraged"."
1 year ago
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___ Carney Claims White House Chose Not to Tell Obama About IRS Probe

More proof of the Limbaugh Theorem: Obama never governs, he only campaigns. To govern would be to assume executive responsibility. Barry is above all that. He is constantly looking to the Big Picture of saving and transforming America. He cannot control the strata of bureaucratic/political actors below him. His task is to lead from Above.
1 year ago
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It is truly sad.
Just think about it.
They do say that they treat him like an idiot.
And this is how they hide the truth.
Think about it.
Or he says that "he went to sleep" (i.e., he says of himself that he is an idiot).
Or he says he didn't know about this or that.

And the press helps him with "affirmative action" hiding his colossal mistakes (Austrian, Maldives-Malvinas, 57 states, "corpse" etc etc)

Think about it.
He is the first African American President and the pattern is

"I am an idiot."

It is sad.
It shouldn't have been like that.

I know he is not an idiot, I know he is dangerous to the Republic.

But besides the other damages to this Nation, he is severely offending the black community.


1 year ago
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He is the first African-American president ONLY if you believe in the "one drop rule": i.e., one drop of ancestral blood is all it takes to mark one as a "Negro" of the bottom pedigree. Obama is not black. He is one-half (foreign) Kenyan, and one half "white" American. To call his an African American is to lend credence to the pro-slavery (Democrat) racial argument. Obama is not an African-American. He has no slave-blood in his genetics. He is a mullato: "a person of mixed white and black ancestry, esp. a person with one white and one black parent" -- according the the American Heritage Dictionary. He's no more black than he is white. And he is no more African than he is American in conception.

It is high time to put all this "race" nonsense behind us. It is an issue of relevance to NO ONE apart from the race-hucksters and the progressive leftists.
1 year ago
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Yea!
I'm thinkin' Mexicans, muslims, Jews, N. Koreans, are now eligible for the Commander in Chief position in Washington, D.C.
How could I forget the asexual?

1 year ago
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Due respect - Jews have ALWAYS been eligible for the CIC position in Washington, D.C....
1 year ago
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And you must respect the queue in Amerika.
1 year ago
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Let me be clear. At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing or to whom they were doing it. Anyone who says differently is a conspiracy theorist wacko and a racist.
1 year ago
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Obama fundamentally transforms America (a brief partial primer)

There was a time when the IRS acted against Al Capone. Now, under Obama, the IRS acts like Al Capone.

There was a time when the DOJ fought crime syndicates. Now, under Obama, the DOJ is a crime syndicate.

There was a time when the FBI investigated crime syndicates. Now, under Obama, the FBI investigates for a crime syndicate.

There was a time when the ATF stopped Gun Running Gangs. Now, under Obama, the ATF is a Gun Running Gang.

There was a time when the TSA protected women's privacy at airports. Now, under Obama, the TSA inspects women's privates at airports.

There was a time when the DOD left no man behind. Now, under Obama, every man has to watch his own behind (double meaning applies).

There was a time when people in India dreamed of coming to America to get Health Care. Soon now, under Obama, people in America will dream of going to India to get Health Care.
1 year ago
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So I suppose that if Obama’s doctor found out Obama had stage II cancer he wouldn’t tell Obama, but would just wait until it got to stage IIII and Obama figured it out himself or didn't and heard about it on TV when it got to Stage IV.
1 year ago
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Obama:
"I have no idea who ordered that pizza. I'll take it, anyway, and see who it belongs to.
The Secret Service will see you out.
Bye. Have a nice evening."
1 year ago
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The entire Obama administration has wet brown streaks down the pant legs of their dress pants; Yet they STILL try to distract the attention with deodorizing talking points:
http://blogs.rollcall.com/rothenblog/will-republicans-screw-up-again-some-are-already-overreaching/

That "tingle" down Chris Matthews leg is congealing dysentery.
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